February 12, 2009
With a succession of models clad in matching black turtlenecks meticulously zigzagging along route markers that had been painted on the floor, it was apparent that this show was more about concepts than directional fashion. "These pieces are for an individualist," Sam Shipley insisted before the show, "someone with conviction and an end goal in mind." But while individualism may have been the intention, what we got was a repetitive parade of little dresses cut in leather and lightweight silks, offering not much in the way of innovation. Shipley and his design partner, Jeff Halmos, have an enviably fashion-forward following; they'd be wise to push the envelope a little further next time.